Afghanistan: Kabul Blast Kills At Least 30, Scores Injured

Afghanistan: Kabul Blast Kills At Least 30, Scores Injured

Afghan security officials have not said what caused the blast near a school in the western section of the capital. Reports are conflicting as to what occurred, and no group has yet claimed responsibility.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • Afghan security officials have not said what caused the blast near a school in the western section of the capital. Reports are conflicting as to what occurred, and no group has yet claimed responsibility.
  • An explosion outside a girls' school in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of western Kabul killed at least 30 people on Saturday — all of them civilians, with most being young girls between the ages of 11 and 15. The blast left more than 50 people injured.
  • The massive blast occurred around 4:30 p.m. local time (1400 UTC) when the girls left school. The sheer scale of the explosion would mean casualties were likely to rise.
  • Afghan security officials would not comment on the cause of the blast, and eyewitness accounts have so far been conflicting, with some suggesting a series of rocket attacks and others a car bomb.

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